The “Other” Wrestlemania Weekend Events

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AS I SEE IT: The “Other” Wrestlemania Weekend Events
Bob Magee
Pro Wrestling: Between the Sheets
PWBTS.com

With Fastlane over, WWE is really moving into the home stretch for Wrestlemania weekend.

Along with the many activities WWE will present during Wrestlemania weekend, independent promotions will be putting on their share of wrestling shows, a convention, and other fan events.

The largest group of events will be held under the auspices of WWNLive. Events take place at Eddie Deen Ranch, 944 South Lamar St, Dallas, TX; which despite the name…is in the heart of Dallas, TX; immediately adjacent to light rail. Mass transit, however, is not an option for the The Authentic Texas BBQ Tailgate (pre-Wrestlemania tailgate) or Wrestlemania, as the TRE train line (which would go directly from downtown Dallas to AT&T) does not operate on Sundays. Unlike the San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth doesn’t place much of a priority on public transit.

Dallas lives by a series of private bus services to service large events at AT&T, including Wrestlemania Rally Bus, which provides the service for Dallas Cowboys game days, is doing so for Wrestlemania. You can check out options at Rallybus.net.

For those going to WWNLive Experience 2016 events, WWN and Hotel Indigo Hotels teamed up to provide the patrons of the WWNLive Experience 2016 with great rates and accommodations. There are two official hotels that WWNLive has deals with:

* Hotel Indigo Dallas Downtown, 1933 Main Street, Dallas, TX. Rooms are available (Double Queen) for $159

* Aloft Dallas Downtown, 1033 Young Street, Dallas, TX. Rooms are available King Loft – $165/Double Queen – $175.

WWNLive Experience features Evolve Wrestling, Shimmer Women Athletes, Combat Zone Wrestling, Kaiju Big Battel, and the WWN Supershow: Mercury Rising. All WWNLive Experience events will be streaming live on WWNLive.com.

All events take place at Eddie Deen Ranch, 944 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX.

APRIL 1 – Evolve Wrestling 58, 4:00 pm CT

Bonus Main Event
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Will Ospreay

Plus more to be signed with Timothy Thatcher, Johnny Gargano, Drew Galloway, Chris Hero, Tommy End, Sami Callihan, TJ Perkins, Marty Scrull, Drew Gulak, Tracy Williams, Caleb Konley, Anthony Nese, Matt Riddle, Ethan Page, Fred Yehi and others!

APRIL 1- Combat Zone Wrestling, 8:00 pm CT

WSU Championship
Jessica Havok vs. Cherry Bomb

APRIL 1 – Kaiju Big Battel, Midnight CT

APRIL 2 – Evolve Wrestling 59, 12 noon CT

USA vs. Europe Series Match #1
Ricochet vs. Will Ospreay
Plus more to be signed with Timothy Thatcher, Johnny Gargano, Drew Galloway, Chris Hero, Tommy End, Sami Callihan, TJ Perkins, Marty Scrull, Drew Gulak, Tracy Williams, Caleb Konley, Anthony Nese, Matt Riddle, Ethan Page, Fred Yehi and others!

APRIL 2 – SHIMMER Women Athletes, 4:00 pm CT

History will be made on Saturday afternoon, April 2nd in Dallas, as the all female promotion SHIMMER Women Athletes presents SHIMMER 80 as part of the WWN Live Experience. The event will feature a twelve woman single elimination tournament to crown the inaugural holder of the Heart of SHIMMER Championship!

APRIL 2 – WWN SUPERSHOW (multi-promotion) – Mercury Rising, 8:00 pm CT

EVOLVE Title Match (If Thatcher is still Champion)
Timothy Thatcher defends vs. Sami Callihan

Special Challenge Match
Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Chris Hero

The SHINE Championship will be defended!

For April 3, WWNLive Experience 2016 announces round trip shuttle bus service from Eddie Deen’s Ranch in Downtown Dallas to an unloading area next to AT&T Stadium.

The buses to AT&T Stadium will run from approximately 10:00 am-5:00 pm CT and will leave as they fill up (approximately 50 seats). AT&T stadium is approximately 30 minutes from Downtown Dallas. However, we are allowing up to 1 hour due to traffic conditions. After the event, the buses will return to Downtown Dallas as they fill up, with the final bus leaving approximately 2 hours after the event has ended. Platinum, Gold & GA Package Holders will receive a $10 (Over 20%) discount. Inform us of your purchase by emailing [email protected] and a credit will be issued. Shuttle price is $49 per person.

Then, right across the street from AT&T Stadium, The Authentic Texas BBQ Tailgate hosted by Wrestling Legend Terry Funk. The BBQ Tailgate will take place on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 from 11 AM – 5 PM. Tickets are $25 per person. An additional Terry Funk Meet and Greet will take place for $30 (includes 1 autograph and 1 photo opportunity with the legendary Terry Funk)

You can also go to Morethanmania.com for tickets and up to date information on any or all of the events.

The other convention is WrestleCon, along with independent events and Ring of Honor Supercard of Honor shows. All events, the fan convention, and the shows associated with it will be held at the iconic Downtown Hyatt Regency hotel, known for Reunion Tower (aka “The Orb” to locals). Readers have seen it featured in any skyline shot of Dallas, attached to the hotel. The hotel is within walking distance to the Downtown Dallas Convention Center and 1 stop on local DART buses. DART Red and Blue Lines and TRE light rail are connected to the hotel via underground concourse to the hotel and Union Station.

There will be 3 live events including 2 from ROH and the annual WrestleCon SuperShow (one Friday night, one Saturday afternoon, and one on Saturday evening) being held at the Hyatt Regency that will all be separately ticketed events held in a 15,000 SF ballroom that will accommodate about 1,200 fans per live event.

First, the two Ring of Honor shows. April 1 features Supercard of Honor X: night one at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Doors open 5:00 pm/7:30 pm bell time. Supercard of Honor X: night two takes place April 2, also at the Hyatt. Doors open 12:30 pm /2:00 pm bell time. The Ring of Honor shows are a separate admission ticket from the Wrestlecon events.

Then… Wrestlecon will feature an expo area on both Friday and Saturday (10:00-5:00pm) where wrestlers and vendors from around the world give you the opportunity to take pictures and obtain autographs from your favorites. In Dallas, it will be held in a 39,000 SF indoor space and have over 100 vendor tables. There will also be greater emphasis on a Q&A area where we hope to have interactive opportunities that go beyond the typical autograph/photo ops of a typical convention.

Friday, April 1

Session 1: $40 each ($32 discounted tickets for first 750 online tickets purchased)
10:00 am CT– Convention will be open from 10am-5pm (9am entry for advance ticket buyers)
There will be entertainment all day on the stage featuring musical acts, a Colt Cabana Live Podcast, Q&As, panel discussions, and a live Queens of Combat wrestling show that is all included with the admission.

11:00 am CT: Scott Steiner Q&A
12 noon CT: Lucha Underground Roundtable with Matt Striker, Joey Ryan, and Ricochet
1:00 pm CT: Marty DeRosa and the Wondering Welcoming Committee
2:00 pm CT: Road Warrior Animal Q&A
3:00 pm CT: Colt Cabana Podcast
4:00 pm CT: Queens of Combat presents QOC 10

Saturday, April 2nd

Session 2: $40 each ($32 discounted tickets for first 750 online tickets purchased)

10:00 am CT: Convention will be open from 10am-5pm (9am entry for advance ticket buyers)

10:00 am CT: Divas Roundtable with Stacey Carter, Terri Runnels, Debra McMichael, and Jackie Haas
11:00 am CT: Gimmick Tree Entertainment Presents: “Cowboy” James Storm Q&A
11:30 am CT: Konnan Q&A
12 noon CT Gimmick Tree Entertainment Presents: WCW Russo/Ferrera
1:00 pm CT: Marty DeRosa and Excalibur give away a bunch of free stuff playing Trivia.
2:00 pm CT: Lex Luger Q&A
3:00 pm CT: Lance Storm and Missy Hyatt make their WrestleMania Predictions!
4:00 pm CT: Colt Cabana Podcast

Session 3: (8:00–11:00 pm CT)

8:00 pm – WrestleCon supershow, plus post show entertainment $40 each (GA seats only available)

Three matches announced:

Matt Hardy vs. Lance Storm
Joey Ryan vs. Jeff Jarrett
Will Ospreay vs. Marty Scurrl

Sunday, April 3rd

2:00 pm CT: Party Bus Trip to Mania – $79 per seat

Party bus round trip bus transfers to/from Mania to the host hotel. This is open to WrestleCon/Hyatt guests first. Fairfield guests may be allowed to book the bus transportation if space is available. There will be four luxury buses and over 200 spots available so you won’t ever have to wait for a bus to arrive, with guaranteed seats. Buses will park at the AT&T stadium bus lot. The buses will leave as they fill up and the last bus will leave the hotel approximately 90-minutes before Mania begins. AT&T Stadium is approximately 30 minutes from Downtown Dallas. Buses will also return to the hotel as they fill up, with the final bus leaving 1 hour after Mania has ended.

As said with the WWN events, mass transit is not an option to travel to Wrestlemania, as the TRE train line (which would go directly from downtown Dallas to AT&T) does not operate on Sundays.

So in all cases, rent a car, or reserve space on one of the private buses traveling from these two independent weekends…and leave EARLY.

You can also go to WrestleCon.com for tickets and up to date information on any or all of the events.

For Ring of Honor information, go to http://www.rohwrestling.com”>ROHwrestling.com.

Until next time…
Bob Magee